Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Taijuan Walker vs. Hector Santiago
The Seattle Mariners head to Target Field on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Taijuan Walker for the Mariners and Hector Santiago for the Twins. The Mariners have a 77-70-6 over/under mark and a 77-76-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Twins are 77-77-0 against the run line and have a 92-54-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Mariners head into this game with a 81-72 record, and they are 39-37 on the road. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker has a 6-11 record with an ERA of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 109 strikeouts during his 123 innings pitched and he has given up 118 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.93. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.75 and they have allowed 436 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the pen while they've been struck out 513 times and walked 175 times this year. As a unit, Seattle has given up 8.72 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.11 hitters per nine. They are 11th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.03. The Mariners pitchers have collectively given up 1,332 base hits and 616 earned runs. They have allowed 204 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a pitching staff has walked 439 batters and struck out 1,239. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.33.
As a team, Seattle is hitting .259, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .262 average on the road. The Mariners have a .428 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .326 which is good for 9th in the league. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.88 hits per contest. Robinson Cano comes into this game hitting .296 and his on-base percentage is at .347. He has 183 hits this season along with 97 runs scored and 92 runs batted in. He's struck out 93 times and has walked 43 times. Kyle Seager is hitting .283 and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 158 hits so far while scoring 86 runs and he's driven in 96. He has walked 66 times and has struck out 99 times. The Mariners have 1,359 hits, including 235 doubles and 208 home runs. They've stolen 51 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Seattle has walked 481 times this season and they've struck out 1,208 times as a unit. They've left 1,031 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.73 runs per contest and have scored a total of 724 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 29-50 home mark and a 55-99 overall record. With an ERA of 4.82, Hector Santiago has a 12-9 record and a 1.39 WHIP. He has 137 strikeouts over the 170 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 161 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.22. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 591 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 504 times and walking 189 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.21 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.42 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.14. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,556 base knocks and 783 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 214 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 459 hitters and struck out 1,130. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.60.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .252 average at home. The Twins hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.75 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .263 and he has an OBP of .364. He has 129 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 49 RBI. He's struck out 92 times and has walked on 78 occasions. Brian Dozier is hitting .277 and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 163 hits so far while he's scored 100 runs and drove in 99. He has earned a walk 59 times and has punched out 129 times. The Twins as a unit have 1,348 base hits, including 275 doubles and 190 homers. They have 86 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 31 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 483 times this year and they have struck out 1,348 times. They've had 1,072 men left on base and have an OPS of .740. They score 4.47 runs per game and have totaled 689 runs so far this season.
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 77-70-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 77-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 92-54-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 77-77-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/23/16 C Steve Clevenger Suspension 60-day DL (6/29); out for season
07/30/16 P Nathan Karns Back 60-day DL (7/30)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
09/23/16 RF Max Kepler Neck "?" Saturday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/23/16 1B Joe Mauer Quad expected to miss Saturday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/20/16 LF Eddie Rosario Thumb out for season
09/14/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (9/12); out for season
09/10/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Oblique 15-day DL
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (8/29); out for season
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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